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Paul J. Chang, MD, medical director of enterprise imaging at the University of Chicago, began his presentation Monday morning at RSNA 2016 by saying his goal was to upset “everyone in the room” with his opinions on quality and IT. He said this with a smile, of course, but he did go on to speak about quality in different terms than radiologists are used to hearing. 

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RBMA 2017 PaRADigm: Q&A: Jim Hamilton on member education, MACRA and a brand new annual meeting

2017 is a year of significant change for RBMA. This year, the association has consolidated its two largest annual meetings—Radiology Summit and the Fall Educational Conference—into one larger meeting: RBMA PaRADigm.

Jim Hamilton, MHA, CMM, is the president of RBMA and the administrator and business manager for Medical Imaging Physicians, an 18-radiologist practice in Dayton, Ohio. Hamilton spoke with Radiology Business Journal about RBMA PaRADigm and also touched on how significant changes in the imaging industry have impacted 

The Future Is Now: Massachusetts General Hospital Embraces Deep Learning

Deep learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are gaining more and more momentum in radiology. While some physicians are slow to embrace this vision and trend, fretting over their own job security, others in the industry are inspired by the endless possibilities. The long-term vision positions AI at the center of momentous change in radiology while also pushing the practice of medicine, disease management and physician efficiency forward at a rapid pace. 

MRI machines can cause serious damage if patients, professionals aren't careful

A recent article in the Boston Globe outlined various dangers associated with MRI scans.

Precision medicine software for radiation oncology to be created by Oncora, MD Anderson

Oncora Medical, a radiation oncology software company, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are partnering to combine tools for collection and prediction of oncology outcomes to enable precision radiation oncology.

Missouri reactor could bolster U.S. supply of technetium at crucial time

The University of Missouri Research Reactor has filed an application to produce molybdenum-99, a precursor isotope to technetium-99m, a radiotracer used in more than 16 million nuclear medicine procedures in the U.S. every year.  

Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) is produced at a select few reactors across the world, with none located in North America after the October closing of the National Research Universal Reactor in Ontario, Canada. Once approved, the Missouri reactor would serve as the sole domestic source of molybdenum, fulfilling almost half of the U.S. demand.

Dosimetry using average-sized phantoms leads to considerable errors

The use of non-size-dependent reference phantoms to calculate CT dose can lead to errors in calculating the radiation received by a patient, according to an article published in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Using data from the National Lung Screening Trial, researchers found using an average height and weight to calculate dose can lead to errors of up to 200 percent when compared with a more accurate estimate using a particular patient’s height and weight. 

X-ray scanners in New Hampshire prison may pose health concerns amongst other things

X-ray machines in New Hampshire’s prisons were initially brought in to stop the influx of drugs. But a year later, these machines await installation due to health concerns and the language used in the bill that passed last year.

MRI useful for second look at inconclusive mammograms

MRI can be a useful tool for taking a second look at mammograms that are considered inconclusive in a process known as “problem-solving MRI," but radiologists should be cautious about the possibility of false negatives, according to a study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Toshiba America Medical Systems wins $828 million for radiology systems

Toshiba America Medical Systems has been awarded $828 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency to aid in radiology systems, accessories and training for the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.

MRI illuminates changes in astronauts' gray matter

A new study has detailed what spaceflight can do to the shape and consistency of the human brain. Researchers examined structural MRIs of astronauts and found considerable changes in the gray matter in various sections of the brain.

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